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sleeping. a 50-year nightmare for many of its citizens finally may be waking up. to what? time will tell. -- captions by vitac -- marijuana, the burning weed with its roots in hell. >> marijuana hasn't always been hated by the u.s. government. in fact, before 1937, it wasn't even considered an illegal drug. after prohibition, the government needed a new evil to go after. so they formed the federal bureau of narcotics. and put marijuana near the top of their hit list. and they've been hating on pot ever since. but in 1996, california became the first state to legalize medical cannabis. and 18 other states soon followed suit. now with more and more states not only decriminalizing but legalizing marijuana, can the
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federal government still really believe that pot is as dangerous as heroin? and what will it take for the feds to finally respect state cannabis laws? turns out, one particular dispensary in oakland, california, could decide the fate of medical marijuana for the entire nation. >> time to go sell some weed. get ready. in california, where we are right now, medical marijuana has been legal since 1996. and once it was made legal, there was this proliferation of dispensaries where people could go and get marijuana, you know,
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marijuana products. once they started popping up, then the department of justice started clamping down on them for being illegal. because while it's legal in california for them to sell medical marijuana, it's illegal, federally, for these places to exist. so it's quite a catch 22. i don't know, it's going to be really interesting to kind of see where you should draw the line. you know, is legalization the answer, or is that just opening up a much larger can of worms and potential for more problems? that's what a lot of people argue. the minute you legalize it, we'll become a nation of unemployed good for nothing sitting around eating twinkies and, you know, not having jobs. but in order to purchase, or let alone smoke any of that sweet medical mj, first i need a note from my doctor. hi there. >> hey, how are you? >> good. do you have an appointment today? >> i do. >> is this your first time doing this? >> it is. >> okay. great. please fill out the
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questionnaire. >> i understand that under the controlled substance act of 1970, cannabis is categorized as schedule 1 defining it as highly addictive and having potential for abuse. i understand cannabis is a medicine used to treat debilitating medical condition. i notice i've been advised not to drive machinery, or participate in any activity that requires safe judgment of analytical abilities while under the influence of cannabis. are you currently using or use in the past any of the following drugs? cocaine, methamphetamines, lsd, acid, mushrooms? a lot of information in this question near. >> thanks for filling this out. >> yeah, thank you. >> so, let's see, morgan sp spurlock, you're 42 years old and you would like to use marijuana. you think it might help you for
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anxiety and insomnia. you've talked to your doctor about your insomnia? >> i have. >> does your doctor have recommendations? >> he gave me some xanax. >> do you have that prescription bottle with you or not? >> i do. >> excellent. the fact you have a primary doctor, i do a kind of brief physical exam. don't fall asleep here, now. >> it wouldn't take much. >> i can tell. i see no reason why you shouldn't try the marijuana. i will make out a recommendation for you. so different strains will help you sleep and different strains will help you be more alert. and for some people it can create a little bit of paranoia and anxiety. >> right. >> depends on the strain. >> i don't need more paranoia in my life. >> no. most of us don't. >> there it is. pa-chow. not only now do i have a card which makes me have the ability to buy cannabis in the state of
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california, but because i have this form, which i was even more shocked by, now i have the ability to grow marijuana in the state of california. in san francisco, i can grow up to 24 plants in my backyard if i so wanted to. now that i've got my card, my next stop is across the bay in oakland to harvard side health center. harvard side was founded in 2006 as a model of what a medical marijuana dispensary could be. they serve between 600 and 800 patients every single day. making them the largest dispensary in the united states. but according to the feds, harsher siharsh harbor side is the largest drug distribution center in the country, and today i'm harbor side's newest hire. harbor side faces an uncertain future. federal efforts have already forced a clowe shire of more than of 600 other dispensaries in california alone. u.s. attorney melinda haas
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pursued harbor side with a vengeance, but harbor side has decided to fight back, and within the month the courts will decide whether or not harbor side can continue to do business in california. it's a lot nicer than i thought it would be. looks like a proper health clinic but smells like my -- smells like my college bedroom. steve deangelo is the executive director and co-founder of harbor side health center. hey, how are you? >> hi. welcome to harvabor side. >> great to meet you. >> what are the different ailments people come in here when they're seeking to get medicine or treatment, what are they suffering from? what's the scope? >> well, you know, we see everything from very serious illnesses like cancer, hiv, aids, epilepsy, to things like anxiety, depression, insomnia. we see a lot of patients with chronic pain. california law allows doctors to write a recommendation for any condition that cannabis is effective for, and it turns out that cannabis is effective for a
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very wide range of conditions. >> right. what happens when somebody gets here? >> very first thing that happens is outside. patients show their medical cannabis documentation and their photo i.d. before they're even admitted to the facility. >> so nobody can just walk in off the street? >> exactly. >> one returning patient. >> then we have three types of patients who will come through the door. new patients, returning patients, and patients who are bringing us medicine to distribute to the rest of the patients. so this is our reception area here. this is patients come in, we double check their medical cannabis recommendation. make sure that you have not exceeded your maximum number of visits or maximum amount of medicine to purchase. then you are welcome to either go on to the floor and select your medicine or take advantage of some of the other service we have available here. we offer acupuncture, chiropractic, yoga. >> if somebody wants to come for any of these treatments, they can come for free? >> completely free. in addition to that, we also have a care package program for
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low-income patients that provides our low-income patients with a free gram and a half of medicine every week. serves about 500 patients. >> okay. >> now we're going to be leaving the public part of our facility and going into the private secure area. >> the first stop for any cannabis that comes into harbor side is here, the intake department. this is the most weed i've ever seen in my life. >> right. well, when you have 600 or 800 patients a day coming through, you need to keep a little bit of medicine in stock for them. >> the growers, all of whom are members of the harbor side collective, are first called individually to have their cannabis evaluated for quality and purity. then the quantican, a machine steve co-invented, tests the potency and makeup of the plant giving it the pot's makeup. >> you're like the -- >> if the product meets harbor side's strict standard, the plant is weighed out, paid for
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and processed for sale. harbor side insists that all of those steps are taken to ensure the safety and quality of the medicine, but according to the feds, every one of those steps is illegal. >> step over here, i'll show you sort of what the typical process is for helping a patient select their medicine. >> okay. >> cannabis contains about 65 unique chemical compounds called cannabino cannabinoids. the ratio of the 65 chemicals of one to another varies in each one of the various different strains of cannabis and there are over 600 strains that we know about. now, the interesting thing is that unlike varieties of wine, all of which make you feel basically the same, each variety of cannabis has a slightly different effect. harbor side classified four major different types of cannabis. >> okay. >> indica, sativa or hybrid. >> what are the differences between indics a and sativa?
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>> indica is a cerebral effect. indicas produces a more sedative and relaxing and pain controlling type of effect. another aspect of the selection process is the delivery mechanism for that cannabis. so we encourage patients not to consume raw cannabis flowers by means of smoking. so if i had a patient who came to me and was complaining of chronic pain that woke them up at night, or insomnia, and what they really wanted from the medicine was the ability to get a good solid night's sleep, i would probably recommend to them one of these capsules here. >> where do these capsules come from? >> these capsules are made by, like all of our medicine, by patients. >> that's not all they make. for nausea, topicals.
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for all ailments. >> it's important patients have a wide range of varieties of cannabis but also a wide range of different forms of cannabis medicines. >> you might guess that harbor side does pretty good business, and it's true. on average, they sell more than $75,000 worth of cannabis each and every day, so it comes as no surprise that the facility has a top-notch security system. complete with sophisticated surveillance cameras, biometric locks, and a reinforced vault. all the money and all the weed every night is locked up? >> yeah. i created harbor side to set a standard of professionalism and excellence that the rest of the industry hopefully would emulate, that would allow us to show the rest of america that this is a substance not to be afraid of but really something to embrace. >> why a non-profit? why not say, we're making $25 million a year, we should make this a for-profit business so we can actually really make some money? >> well, because california law requires us to be a non-profit
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and we are committed to being 100% compliant with the law. so we take that non-profit mandate very, very seriously. but if the state of california saw fit to make this activity a profit-making activity, we would embrace that with equal enthusiasm. >> i bet you would. incredible. >> yeah. >> so what's the plan for tomorrow? >> so tomorrow at 8:30 we're having an all staff meeting to update and discuss our legal situation with the federal government. >> okay. >> then after that we're going to put you to work. >> looking forward to it. thanks. >> see you then. >> i was blown away by how much of a well-organized business it was because the last thing you would expect is a bunch of stoners would be able to have a really organized business, and it's impressive. it's really impressive. mine was earned in djibouti, africa. 2004.
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today's my first day of work at harbor side health clinic. even though more and more states believe marijuana should be legal, federthe federal governm feels otherwise. harbor side's problems with the feds began back in 2009 with an irs audit. next, the treasury department interfered with their banking operations. and finally, the u.s. attorney
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filed civil asset forfeiture proceedings in july of 2012 meaning that all of harbor side's profit and assets are now vulnerable to seizure. even though harborside is fully compliant with the california law, the federal government used the dispensary as a criminal organization. but harborside has chosen to fight back and has an unusual ally in their corner, the city of oakland has taken the u.s. government to court to keep harborside up and running. this marks the first time any city has taken the u.s. government to court over its marijuana laws. >> so our next big test is going to be december 20th. it's going to be a really historic day of hearings. critical constitutional issues about the power of localities, cities, states, and the federal government and their relationships to each other are going to be discussed and implicated in this case. it is a case of huge national importance. first, we're going to hear a
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motion from the city to completely stop any further proceedings. if the judge were to rule on that motion that day, it would stop everything dead in its tracks and probably never resurrect it again. then we're going to hear motions from our landlords for the court to issue an order for us to cease and desist selling cannabis. if we win, that means we get our day in court and we will win. we will be in front of a bay area jury. all we have to prove is more harm will result from closing harborside than results from allowing harborside to stay open. i can make that case to a bay area jury with my eyes tied behind my back, blindfolded, and with a gag in my mouth. [ applause ] if we lose those injunctions, we will be issued with a cease and desist order. so what that means is we may be looking at a situation where we
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may need to adapt our business model. but i'll tell you one thing for sure and certain, we will keep the commitment that we made to our patients six years ago, more than six years ago, to provide them with the highest quality medicine and the highest quality patient care possible. that we will never, ever abandon the patients who depend on us. ♪ >> harborside. >> please. >> attention harborside, attention harborside. the time is now so10:00 and harborside is open. please return your channels to channel flthree. >> how are you doing today? >> here's the cheese dream. >> that one's really interesting. >> thank you. then i also need a single dose
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bar, dark chocolate. you're here with your son. >> my son. >> what do you use the extract for, sir? >> heal sores, carpal tunnel. >> have a herniated disk in my back and it helps the muscles relax. >> you sure can. >> chocolate chip. chocolate chip. chocolate. what were you taking before? >> i was taking antidepressant, synthetic hormones, sleeping medication. something to combat the side effect from the antidepressant. >> medication to deal with your other medication. i was taking mood stabilizer, took it for three days and made my kidney start to bleed. so were you having internal bleeding or, like, peeing out blood? >> peeing out blood. i didn't at the time, and i was loo like, i don't want to deal with that and i felt fine after i smoke the right kind of strain.
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before tax. how are you? >> i'm good. what's your name? >> my name is captain bob. >> so you're a veteran? >> i spent a lot of time in vietnam. >> is that where a lot of your pain comes from? comes from then? >> oh, yeah. no question about it. >> what kind of injuries did you have coming out of vietnam? >> i had three bullet holes in this leg. i don't take any more vicodin. i don't take any more of those pills. >> you're off them. >> nothing. nothing. i go home and have some of this, i sleep good. >> yeah. >> i'm not in pain. >> see you next time you come in. thanks. >> very, very much. appreciate it. >> see you again. thank you, sir. >> don't let them son of a bitches close you up. >> thanks, robert. [ male announcer ] that's why there's ocuvite to help replenish key eye nutrients.
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what's interesting about marijuana, it's a schedule 1 narcotic, and all of this started because of richard nixon. richard nixon ultimately wanted to overthrow the, you know, the crazy hippies that were, like, part of this peace and love movement that he saw as being destructive to america. and so he was able to get it classified as a schedule 1 narcotic carrying the same type of legal ramifications as if you were caught with heroin, or today, methamphetamines. schedule 1 narcotics are defined
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as having three key traits. drug or substance has high potential for abuse. it currently has no accepted medical use in treatment in the united states. and it's been deemed unsafe for use under medical supervision. it's estimated that the united states spends around $40 billion fighting the war on drugs annually. and $13.7 billion of that is spent on marijuana. all this despite evidence that marijuana is far less addictive than even alcohol or tobacco which together accounts for hundreds of thousands of american deaths each year. >> continuing coverage of the federal war on california pot shops. tonight, we've confirmed that two valley pot shops have now been shut down by the feds and this is important. the shutdown came without warning. those two dispensary raids appear to be connected to the discovery of a large marijuana-growing operation two weeks ago in this stockton warehouse. public records show corporate paperwork for the medicine dispensary goes to matthew davies, the property manager in
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stockton. >> you ready to do this? >> yes. >> matt davies was federally indicted for growing the very marijuana that he sold in his two california dispensaries. unlike steve deangelo at harborside health, matt is facing a criminal prosecution as a result. now matt, an mba with a wife and two young children, is facing up to 40 years in federal prison. >> the case of matt davies more than any other case in this country demonstrates the conflict between state law and federal law with regards to medical marijuana. matt davies is facing federal charges for manufacturer of marijuana, even though the people of california voted overwhelmingly to permit medical marijuana use. matt worked hard to follow state law. he read the statements by candidate obama, then president obama and his justice department saying if you follow state law, you will not be prosecuted by the federal government. those statements that matt relied on ended up to be false. >> thank you, everybody. thank you. >> it was in 2008 when
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then-candidate barack obama denounced the bush administration raids on medical cannabis. >> youtube post shows the campaigning barack obama calling dea raids on medical marijuana shops a waste of taxpayer money. >> what i'm not going to be doing is using justice department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue. >> are you prepared to take the oath, senator? >> i am. >> upon taking office, the obama administration made his campaign statements official policy. with the justice department releasing the ogden memo. this suggested that the government would no longer focus resources on individuals whose action were in clear and unambiguous compliance with state laws. basically, if you were using or growing marijuana for medical purposes in states where it was legal, you wouldn't have to worry about the feds knocking down your door. this policy shift led to medical marijuana dispensaries proliferating all across states that had previously legalized it. contradictory to what the ogden
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memo stated, in the following two years of its release, the department of justice actually increased its raids. in 2011, as the crackdowns continued, the justice department released a subsequent memo saying the medical marijuana patients would be free from prosecution but not industrial growers. by april 2012, the number of dispensaries raided grew to nearly 200, resulting in over 60 federal indictments. that's more raids in the first four years of the obama administration than in all eight years of the george w. bush presidency. >> harborside was a model that we looked to and were very happy with. we thought steve was a pioneer in the industry, and we thought he was definitely somebody to look at to do things right. the only way we diverged, which i guess became our downfall, we knew steve was beholden to that wholesale market and thus his patients were paying much higher prices really than they should
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have to. and we thought, how can we do it better than steve? we can vertically integrate so we can lower the price of medicine so we can offer the same equivalent product that steve did at 40% less. >> there you go. >> when i plotted my worst-case scenari scenari scenario,, the idea of federal intervention was not one of them. i was naive in trusting the government and what they said. >> today i don't accept my husband is going to prison. i'm afraid of it, but i don't accept it's going to happen. i think there has to be someone who sees the situation and realizes what a gross injustice it would be to put him in prison. >> dispensaries can't stay open without a steady supply of product to sell. cannabis is a plant, and for harborside to operate, someone has to grow it. in california, dispensaries are
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state licensed but not any of the growers. leaving them with no real legal protection and living under the constant threat of prosecution. once targeted, the growing operation's legal consequences can be much more severe than a dispensaries. as they are often subject to severe mandatory federal sentences. >> so i'm locked in the back of a blacked out van somewhere in northern california being driven to an undisclosed location where they grow vast amounts of marijuana. there have been some other stipulations we have to follow now. we can't snow any of people who work there, any of the people who works there, their faces. we can't show any hands or body parts. this isn't sketchy at all. we're driving into a building right now. hear the dogs?
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now they're closing the doors so we won't know where we are. they're getting out. when it comes to growing operations, at least in the eyes of the federal government, bigger isn't better. every time california or any other state have attempted to license a large-scale growing operation, the government has stepped in and prohibited them from doing so. growers rarely publicize their operations out of fear of being raided and arrested. this grower agreed to take us around the facility, but out of fear of prosecution, would not appear on camera and made us alter his voice. he was the only one we found who would talk to us. is what you're doing legal in the eyes of the government or no? >> which government? state, federal? >> what does the state government say? >> state we are compliant.
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federal we are not. >> would you be arrested or just confiscate everything? >> we don't know. nobody ever really knows what happens. i mean, every story is different. this is actually a room that is just set up to go into flower. >> okay. this is like such a massive setup. this is only one room. how many rooms like this do you have? >> two. i would say this is a small to medium size commercial facility. >> okay. >> there's 100 lights here. there are people with football-sized fields of lights. this city has no industry. so without us, the city would be even more -- they say that one in three warehouses in this city are closed. >> one in three? >> one in three. >> wow. that's amazing. so these are all the lights for all the lights that are in the rooms. you have the air ventilation system that keeps the air circulates. you look, these are the charcoal filters. what each one of these round charcoal filters does is filters
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out the air so you don't ever get that marijuana smell. and just here in these two rooms is about $500,000 worth of materials. before they even grow plant number one. it's -- it's unbelievable. whoa. look at this. holy cow. it's like a dream in here. when you harvest how many pounds -- >> we would hope for a pound per light. >> a pound per light. so how many lights? >> there are 50 lights. >> you're hoping for 50 pounds. so let's do the math. the current price of a pound of og kush is $2,700. this one room with its 50 lights will produce $135,000 worth of product. the growing cycle takes three months, so that's about $540,000 a year from each room. >> once you take off your expenses, you have a room that costs you $500,000, and you pay your employees and their
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dividends. what do you take home? >> we just became cash positive. to be honest with you, i have not cashed a paycheck in a year. one of the reasons i'm here, i believe in the movement. with that being said, there's a lot of money to be made here. >> thank you very much for today. this is great. i appreciate it. see you on the other side. even in stupid loud places. to prove it, we set up our call center right here... [ chirp ] all good? [ chirp ] getty up. seriously, this is really happening! [ cellphone rings ] hello? it's a giant helicopter ma'am. [ male announcer ] get it done [ chirp ] with the ultra-rugged kyocera torque, only from sprint direct connect. buy one get four free for your business. rescue workers have opened up a lot of dawn. ♪ they rely on it because it's tough on grease
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harborside has built its reputation on its commitment to patient service. today i'm experiencing this firsthand. going out on runs in their newly minted delivery service. >> all right. let's ride out. >> in response to the constant threat of having their physical service shut down, harborside started delivery service to make sure they could continue to get their medication to their patients. how many deliveries do you do in a day? >> anywhere from 25 to 40 or so deliveries in a day. >> and what are the customers like? are they people who can't travel or they're old? what is it? >> you get a pretty good mix. some people just really enjoy the convenience of it. there are a lot of senior citizens. there's patients that are quadriplegics. of course, a lot of veterans. some people just can't get a ride or have lost their ride. >> okay. >> i know there's patients that lost their ride because the person who used to give them
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that ride is now kind of sketched out about all the federal attention. some people don't want to come to the main dispensaries. >> where's the most interesting place you've ever made a delivery? >> i think a church. i didn't personally make the delivery, but i know one of my drivers did have to go to a church. yep. >> is what you do legal? >> what we do is legal in the state of california. >> okay. >> of course, federally, it is still 100% prohibited. >> hey. >> how are you? >> hi. >> during delivery, i.d.s were examined and orders checked, the same thoroughness as at the dispensary. >> tgo ahead and count that. >> okay. there's $53. >> because of federal crackdowns on banks and credit card companies who had dealings with dispensary, all of harborside's transaction are conducted in cash. >> why is marijuana such an important part of your life? >> i have a history of being extremely underweight. i go down to 80 pounds. that's not good.
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but if i smoke a little before each meal, i find i can eat more. >> what happened to your foot? are you okay? >> this is the purpose why you guys are over here visiting myself today. >> oh, what happened? >> i broke my ankle. >> gabrielle is a caregiver for her husband. a veteran who did three tours of duty and who currently struggles with post traumatic stress disorder. how long has your husband been on medical marijuana now? >> three years. >> how was it before? >> oh, that was not a pretty picture because we have to give him medicine. i think it was just making him more numb and not getting any results. versus using pot, he's always on control. he can be someone that i can manage to be around and not afraid. because a lot of the times when they get out, they like to be isolated. they don't like to be around many people.
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we have kids. you need to be around. >> do you have, like, friends or family who think it's a mistake that you give it to him? >> my grandmother. >> yeah. >> my grandmother is 95 years old. hello. i can't change that. >> hello, hello. >> hey, hi. how are you? >> i'm good. i'm fogood. come on in. >> thanks. >> i'm not trying to be a vegetable and i'm not trying to be on something that i won't ever be able to get off of. >> right. >> with many of these pharmacological things are about. >> after you went off chemo, what did going on the natural remedies, you're going on to the cannabis, the hemp oils, go for you? >> they help me sleep and that's very, very important when you're trying to heal to get the rejentive sleep. and also my brain function is coming back and i have five beautiful children and six gorgeous grandchildren. i love them all. and so, you know, i want to be around. you know, i want to be around, but i want to be around and i want to be effective. >> why do you think there's so much pushback, you know, not
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just in california, but now across the country with regards to medical marijuana? >> because the pharmaceutical companies want to keep us so wrapped up in taking pills. you know, it's just pushing, pushing against what's natural, what we can do for ourselves, how we can find new ways to stay healthy and this whole mindset that you feel the pain, you go to the gokt doctor a pill, take the pill and that's supposed to make you well. and so i just really think it's about money. >> sandra may have a svalid point. after all, three-quarters of americans are in favor of medical marijuana. 18 states and washington, d.c., have formally legalized it for medical use. 14 states have decriminalized pot. and most recently, washington and colorado have outright legalized it altogether. so if the country seems to be increasingly in favor of decriminalizing marijuana and legalizing it for medical use, why is the federal government so steadfast in its opposition? well, one reason could be the lobbyists.
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the alcohol industry, for-profit prisons and rehab centers all stand to lose billions of dollars from pot's legalization. and law enforcement, as well as many government departments and career politicians, could lose jobs if the war on pot ends. industries like these have a history of not letting anything get in the way of their profits. u.s. attorney melinda haag issued a statement about harborside which i find to be pretty compelling. she basically says she now needs to consider actions regarding marijuana superstores such as harborside because the larger the operation, the greater the likelihood there will be abuse of the state's medical marijuana laws and marijuana in the hands of individuals who do not have a demonstrated medical need. so basically what she's saying is you're so big and you're so successful that because of that we want to make sure by attacking you, no illegal ones pop up. that we're going to basically shut you down.
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it is -- it's kind of dumbfounding. i'm going to call melinda haag and see what the word is from her. yes, i'm trying to reach melinda haag. great, thank you. >> you have reached the voicemail of melinda haag, attorney for the northern district of california. please leave a message and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. >> yes, i'm trying to reach u.s. attorney melinda haag. this is morgan spurlock calling. i wanted to speak to you about harborside and the actions currently being put against them. if you could call me back, i'd love to talk to you when you have a chance. thank you, bye. nobody there. we're going to keep calling. >> not able to take your call right now. please leave your name, number. >> morgan spurlock calling for melinda haag. >> i'm not able to take your call right now. >> yes, i'm trying to reach
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with the court date in just a few days, we're heading to san francisco to meet up with henry wikowski, the lawyer who represents harborside health center. harborside is operating in dangerous legal waters. no dispensary has ever successfully fought back against the federal government and no city has come to a dispensary's aid like oakland. the city sees harborside as a model of a remarkable business, estimating it's taken $20 million out of street dealer hands. i'm morgan spurlock. nice to meet you. why did you decide to take on their case? >> i admire what they're doing. i enjoy taking on challenging cases. it would be most unfortunate if harborside were closed down because the federal government would be depriving the states and other dispensaries over a model they should aspire to emulate.
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harborside and you, you and harborside, are the first medical cannabis dispensary that has really stood up to the federal government. they've done this to other dispensaries, but they have all quietly closed down. >> why do more people dot fight back? >> they're scared and it's very expensive. the odds are overwhelming. it's very few people that are willing to stand up to the united states of america. and that's what he's doing. he's willing to make a sacrifice for what he believes in. i mean, this is the united states of america versus harborside. >> the day steve deangelo has been waiting for is finally here. chief federal justice maria alaina james is hearing their motions. and she could effectively shut down harborside for good. >> i love you. >> i know if i died tomorrow that my life's work is going to
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steve has received the ruling from the judge, and a meeting to announce the decision to harborside staff and supporters has been called. >> i'm very happy to report to you that the federal judge in our case, judge maria alaina james, ruled in our favor, said that harborside does not have to stop selling cannabis. our landlords cannot stop us to force selling cannabis. our doors are going to remain open. [ applause ]
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>> even though this is a great victory for harborside, their fight isn't over yet. the federal government is still focused on shutting them down. the next step is a trial. >> take care. bye-bye. >> only time will tell if the will of the people is more powerful than the 42-year-old laws of the federal government. >> people will look at steve and say, ah, he's some crazy old stoner running this business, but i think what he's doing is really kind of changing the tide and the perception of what medical marijuana really is. i mean, i think he's proving that there's a market for it. i think he's proving there's a need for it and i think he's proving there's a way to do it safely, efficiently, and what will really start to turn people around to this notion is when they see that there's a business to it. when they see it's not just shady guys on a street corner, people hanging out in tank tops with guns selling drugs.
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they see that it's, you know, people who are running clean establishments, that are safe, that ultimately not only generate revenue for a city, but generate, you know, vast amounts of tax revenue for the country. i mean, it could really -- it could really change things. and if the government decides to regulate and tax, we might soon be calling the bureau of atf, the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and marijuana. on february 14th judge james ruled the city of oakland had no -- and threw the case out. harborside is awaiting a trial date to present their case in front of a bay area jury. the court date will most likely be scheduled for some time in 2014. facing the possibility of a much longer sentence, on may 31st, matt davies accepted a plea deal that will send him to federal prison for the mandatory minimum of five years.
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as for u.s. attorney melinda haag, i've called and called and called and nothing. that's what i'm getting from my phone calls right now. good evening. i'm anderson cooper. in early june, southern california was the scene of a deadly shooting rampage. the suspect murdered five people, including his own father and brother before he was shot and killed. each time these crimes occur, we ask what could have been done to prevent it? were there any warning signs? often it's the people the closest to the perpetrators, their spouses, their relatives who feel the most responsible. tonight, an intimate perspective of the most troubled and violent among us from those who knew them best. we hear from wives, daughters, brothers and fathers of those who would commit unspeakable acts. randi kaye begins our special repo


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